Kinsey Anderson

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Kinsey Amor Anderson (Sept 18, 1926 - June 11, 2012) was professor emeritus of physics at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and an internationally known pioneer of space physics during the early years of rocket, balloon, and satellite exploration of the upper atmosphere, cosmic rays, solar-terrestrial environment, and solar physics.[1][2] He received his BA in physics from Carleton College in 1949, his PhD from the University of Minnesota under Prof. John Winckler in 1955, and joined the UC Berkeley physics department in 1960. Anderson was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1959-1960.

During the following decade at UCB he and his students flew instruments on many of the early generation of space science missions, including the Interplanetary Monitoring Platforms (IMP) 1-6, OGO 5, Explorer 33 and 35, and Apollo 15 and 16 lunar sub-satellites. He was an author on about 200 scientific papers, and trained 24 graduate students at Berkeley. He was director of the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at UCB, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


  1. ^ Pioneering space physicist Kinsey Anderson has died at 85 : Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley press release, June 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Kinsey Anderson, UC Berkeley space physicist, dies : David Perlman. San Francisco Chronicle July 5, 2012